Have you ever thought about your life as a book? And each stage as a chapter?
That is, until I found myself sitting in my therapist’s office back in 2004. When my son was just a baby, and I was going through a painful divorce.
In the middle of my session that day, my therapist asked me:
“If your life was a book, what would the title of THIS chapter be?”
Without skipping a beat I responded “Great Potential F*cked Up.” Cuz that’s exactly what my life felt like at that moment.
A royal f’d up mess!
But it was her follow-up question that really hit home…
“What would you like your NEXT chapter in life to be called?”
I thought about this for a few seconds, then blurted out: “Great Potential Realized.”
Because I knew things WOULD get better. Eventually.
She was a smart therapist.
Because helping me to envision *that* next chapter in my life gave me hope.
It helped me move forward. And create a better life for myself (and my son).
That was almost 20 years ago.
Since then I’ve added a few more chapters to my book of life, including:
- The Road to Peaceful Co-Parenting
- Fulfilling My Dream of Becoming a Life Coach
- The Decline of My Aging Parents
- Losing My Beloved Fur Baby
- The Accidental Entrepreneur
Now I’m at a different stage of life. A different chapter.
My soon turns 20.
He’s spent the majority of the year away from home, following his own dreams aboard a Navy ship.
Which has inspired me to think about my next chapter in life. And what I’d like IT to be called.
But first I surveyed some of my good friends.
To see what they’d call their next chapter.
My friend who just retired from a 30-year career said hers is: “Freedom from Responsibility.” After working so hard for so long, she’s clear it’s time to have more fun.
And my recently divorced friend titled her new chapter: “Emergence.”
She’s ready to emerge — to discover who she really is, and what she really wants out of life.
And after years of feeling unseen, another friend calls her next chapter: “You Matter.”
Because she’s finally stepping into her own power.
These beautiful next chapters inspire hope.
And help these strong, independent women focus on what matters most to them. As they move forward in their lives.
As for me, I’ve decided to name my next chapter…
“More Freedom and Ease!”
Because I’m committed to letting go of anything that feels heavy. Complicated.
(Is there such a word? If not, there should be!)
So what about you?
When you think about your life moving forward, in a feel-good, follow-your-heart sort of way…
What would you like the title of your next chapter in life to be?
There’s no right or wrong answer here — let your intuition guide you.
Let your heart ❤️ speak your truth!
(And reply in the comments if you’d like to share your next chapter with me!)
Because YOU are the creator of your own life.
It’s your book.
And you deserve for it be a real page-turner.
Better yet…a bestseller!